Rebecca Cruise

Contributor and Guest Host, World Views

A regular panelist on World Views and the primary substitute host, Rebecca Cruise specializes in security studies and comparative politics focusing on issues of security community development, international organizations, post-conflict resolution, political participation and gender. Though taking an international perspective in much of her work, her regional focus tends toward Southeastern and Central Europe.

She has published a number of articles, including pieces in International Politics, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Croatian International Relations Review. Dr. Cruise also co-wrote a book exploring international maritime security policy. Currently, she is working on the manuscript for her forthcoming book entitled, Eastern Efficacy: Female Political Participation in Post-Communist Europe. Beyond her research interests, Dr. Cruise has developed and taught a number of courses for the University of Oklahoma including Global Security, Comparative National Security, Women in International Security and International Activism.

After receiving a BA from the University of Portland, Dr. Cruise earned her Ph.D. from the OU Department of Political Science in 2011.

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Despite the rapid pace of medical advancements like gene therapy, treating many of the world’s most devastating diseases is a matter of economics and political will, not science. That’s according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of Baylor University’s National School of Tropical Medicine.




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This week the Federal Trade Commission confirmed it is investigating Facebook over its handling of user data. The U.S. Department of Homeland security also published a report revealing that Russia hacked the U.S. electricity grid. And a cyber attack shut down the city of Atlanta for over a week.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "unofficial" trip to China and why it was a strategic move for both countries. They also talk about recent acts of violence in France that may be indicative of tensions in that country and throughout Europe.  

Then, Rebecca Cruise will talk about internet governance with American University professor Derrick Cogburn.


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China’s economy is opening up, but the county’s politics are headed in a different direction according to Boston University political science professor Joseph Fewsmith. He has written six books about China following Mao Zedong’s rule.



“China is becoming less liberal not more liberal,” Fewsmith  told KGOU’s World Views. “That's what happens when a leader centralizes power.”

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss how the Chinese National People's Congress eliminated term limits, and what that decision might mean for this week's decision by the Trump administration to levy tariffs on Chinese imports.  And they'll explore a new initiative in South Korea to reduce the number of hour that workers work each year.

Then, Rebecca Cruise will talk about U.S.-China relations with Chinese politics expert Joseph Fewsmith.

World Views: March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

Rebecca Cruise talks with Paul Richards and Esther Mokuwa about the Ebola crisis, and the lessons that the international community learned about fighting the epidemic. Richards is the author of the book "Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End An Epidemic."

People pass a banner reading 'STOP EBOLA' forming part of Sierra Leone's Ebola free campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.
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When the Ebola virus spread rapidly throughout parts of West Africa in 2014, epidemiologists faced the challenge of containing a disease they knew little about. But their biggest blind spots were cultural and historical realities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia that should have been taken into account during the crisis. That’s according to anthropologist Paul Richards, who wrote about the topic in his recent book, “Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic.”

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss  Sinn Fein's new leadership in Ireland and the push for women's rights among Kurds in Northern Syria. 

Then, Suzette talks with Trita Parsi about his new book, "Losing and Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy."

An Oscar statue at the 90th Academy Awards Governors Ball Press Preview on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.
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The glitz and glamor of Hollywood will gather on March 4 for the 90th Academy Awards. This year’s ceremony boasts several tight races, including for Best Foreign Language Film.

World Views: March 2, 2018

Mar 2, 2018

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise preview this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. The 2018 nominees are A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden).

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the Winter Olympics, Canada's Own the Podium program and sexual harassment allegations against U.S. snowboarder Shaun White. They also talk about the resignation of UNICEF deputy director Justin Forsyth over accusations of inappropriate behavior with female staff members when he was director of Save the Children.

Rebecca Cruise talks to Joshua Landis about the latest developments in Syria.

Then, Suzette Grillot interviews writer, translator and journalist Achy Obejas. They talk about Cuba, literature and why rupture is a major theme of Obejas's work.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about giant lily pads that have reappeared in Paraguay, and how drought is India is affecting world chickpea prices.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the Trump administration's decision to forego its planned appointment of an ambassador to South Korea. They'll also discuss Israel's first use of an anti-boycott law after the singer Lorde canceled her concert there.

EU diplomat Andrea Glorioso
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Retailers and consumers in the European Union face barriers when trying to conduct business online. An effort to implement a digital single market could change that.

The EU’s digital single market, or DSM, plan could improve e-commerce across borders within the union, modernize copyright regulations and improve cybersecurity, among other goals.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss protests in French over Dutch experiments with pulse fishing, and ongoing protests in India over a Bollywood film.

 Then, Rebecca talks with Andrea Glorioso, counsellor for digital economy for the European Union’s delegation to the United States, about the EU's digital single market plans.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the current political, economic and social environment in Rio de Janeiro. They'll also discuss a recent poll that shows a general decline in support for the United States and President Trump around the world.

Then, Suzette talks with Mahtem Shiferraw. She's a poet who grew up in Eritrea and Ethiopia, whose collection of poetry, Fuchsia, examines concepts of personal displacement and nomadism.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the lack of birth control in Venezuela, and the first meeting held between North and South Korea in more than two years.

Then, Suzette talks with Jacob Poushter of the Pew Research Center about American public opinion of foreign policy, and the image of the United States in other countries.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the plight of journalists around the world and a recent change in indigenous law in Canada that could affect over a million women.

Then, Suzette talks with Charlie Kenney about security and democratization in Mexico.

Alisa Ganieva
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Award-winning novelist Alisa Ganieva’s books describe the complexities of her home, the Russian republic of Dagestan.

An English translation of her second book, Bride and Groom, will be released in January 2018. It’s a fictional depiction of marriage in her home.

Ganieva spoke to KGOU’s World Views when she was in Norman for the annual Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture. She says her novel begins when the groom’s family book a large banquet for his wedding. However, he does not yet have a bride.